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Things to Do – October Half Term 2014

October half term is upon us! Let’s be honest, half of the parents we speak to look forward to half term break as a chance to spend time with their delightful children, whereas the other half’s eyes go wide with terror at the very thought. In the Really Kid Friendly house, the children are wonderful little angels until about 9:45 a.m., after which point we really, really, really need a focal point, an activity, or an excuse for an excursion.

Below are some tried and tested ideas to help you survive – and even enjoy! – October Half Term 2014 with your lovely children.

 

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At the movies: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Think you’ve had bad days? Think again! This October, get ready to experience a comedy that takes “having a bad day” to a whole new level. Starring Steve Carell (Anchorman, Despicable Me, Evan Almighty), Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the unfortunate exploits of the Cooper family as they endure a hilariously disastrous day, in which everything that can go wrong does go wrong. As each member of the family encounters their own calamities, they rally together and realize that sometimes you need to have the bad days in order to appreciate the good. Also starring Jennifer Garner, Ed Oxenbould, Dylan Minnette, Kerris Dorsey and Bella Thorne, Disney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” comes to UK cinemas on 24 October.[/et_pb_text][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left”][/et_pb_text][et_pb_cta admin_label=”Call To Action” title=”Half Term Activities” button_text=”What’s On this Half Term” use_background_color=”on” background_color=”#7EBEC5″ background_layout=”dark” text_orientation=”center” button_url=”http://whatson.reallykidfriendly.com/search?q=Half+Term&location=&from=&to=”]Our ‘What’s On For Kids’ section has hundreds of half term activities across the UK. To find family friendly attractions, movie listings, live shows, and half term activities near you, just click that big ol’ button and pop in your postcode.[/et_pb_cta][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_blurb admin_label=”Safari Park” title=”Visit a safari park” url=”http://whatson.reallykidfriendly.com/search?q=safari+park&location=&from=&to=” url_new_window=”off” use_icon=”off” icon_color=”#7EBEC5″ use_circle=”off” circle_color=”#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=”off” circle_border_color=”#7EBEC5″ image=”http://reallykidfriendly.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/west-mids-safari-park-lemurs.jpg” alt=”West Midlands Safari Park” icon_placement=”top” animation=”top” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”center”]

Up and down the country there are plenty of Safari Parks for you and your family to choose from. Visit the West Midland Safari Park, home to over 165 species of exotic animals, many of which are endangered. You could also head to Longleat’s Safari Park with loads of fantastic new animals arriving from all over the globe. Drive through their safari park for an adventure that will take you unbelievably close to creatures you’ve only dreamed about.  So mind the zebras crossing, give the rhinos right of way, watch out for the wolves and beware of the meddling monkeys.

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Halloween is fast approaching so to get all of the family into the spooky mood, why not begin carving some pumpkins? You could even carve individual pumpkins for each member of your family to create a pumpkin clan. In our experience, letting children loose on slippery pumpkins with sharp carving tools is not a great idea, but they LOVE planning the designs, scooping out the innards and picking out seeds for roasting.

[/et_pb_blurb][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_blurb admin_label=”Wicked” title=”See Wicked the Musical” url=”http://reallykidfriendly.com/wicked-musical/” url_new_window=”off” use_icon=”off” icon_color=”#7EBEC5″ use_circle=”off” circle_color=”#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=”off” circle_border_color=”#7EBEC5″ image=”http://reallykidfriendly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Kerry-Ellis-Elphaba_Photo-by-Matt-Crockett.jpg” alt=”Elphaba in Wicked the Musical” icon_placement=”top” animation=”top” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”center”]Defy gravity with the whole family this half-term by heading to London’s Apollo Victoria Theatre to see the award-winning musical Wicked that tells the incredible untold story of the Witches of Oz. Now the 10th longest running show in the West End and acclaimed as “one of the most popular West End musicals ever” (London Evening Standard), Wicked has been seen by over 6 million theatregoers in London and played over 3000 performances. Packed with thrilling technical wizardry, dazzling costumes, an ingenious and witty story and show-stopping songs by multi GRAMMY and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, discover how their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfill their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. For more information, visit the Wicked Facebook page.[/et_pb_blurb][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”1_2″][et_pb_blurb admin_label=”fort” title=”Build a Den” url=”http://paintontheceiling.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/indoor-cardboard-city-play-space.html#_a5y_p=1727596″ url_new_window=”off” use_icon=”off” icon_color=”#7EBEC5″ use_circle=”off” circle_color=”#7EBEC5″ use_circle_border=”off” circle_border_color=”#7EBEC5″ image=”http://reallykidfriendly.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Cardboard-City-from-Paint-on-the-Ceiling-blog.png” alt=”Cardboard City from Paint on the Ceiling blog” icon_placement=”top” animation=”top” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”center”]A great activity that doesn’t cost any money but is extremely fun to do! Even the grown-ups will enjoy it (possibly even more, but let’s keep that to ourselves, shall we?). All you need is a large and light blanket or sheet and some cushions to create your little hideout in the house and let them pretend they’re in a tropical rainforest, a cave up in the mountains or somewhere similar. A large box is also a great idea for a cave – this is likely to entertain them for hours and if you’re feeling particularly brave, let them decorate the box so they can personalize their den! If you’re feeling ambitious, have a go at this amazing Cardboard City by Paint on the Ceiling.[/et_pb_blurb][et_pb_text admin_label=”Text” background_layout=”light” text_orientation=”left”]

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Printable Activities

Seen the movie? Then the kids will love these printable activity sheets – we’ve found they are especially good (for mum and dad) at about 6:01 a.m. when the children are remarkably and frustratingly alert.

Alexander - Bad Day Colouring Cake Alexander movie - printable activity for kidsBaby's Bad Day Colouring Page

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A magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres with over 30,000 species of plants; plus the tropical Palm House, the Temperate House and the Princess of Wales conservatory. Families will enjoy the human-scale badger sett, the fish in the Marine Display aquarium and the Climbers and Creepers indoor play area. Plus, Kew’s latest attraction, the Xstrata Treetop Walkway, will be an instant hit. This is a path lined with examples of different timbers as it leads visitors below ground to the Rhizotron.  During October Half Term 2014, kids can save London from deadly and disgusting plants – perfect for a day out.

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Possibly the coolest craft idea ever – pop over to Red Ted Art for this and other amazing autumn craft ideas.

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Looking for more ideas? Our ‘What’s On For Kids’ section has hundreds of half term activities across the UK. To find family friendly attractions, movie listings, live shows, and half term activities near you, just click that big ol’ button and pop in your postcode.

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